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BSc (Hons), PhD, DSc, CChem. FRSC, FLSW


Bill George studied at Dynevor Grammar School, Swansea Technical College and University College, Swansea. Following 3 years at the United Kingdom Chemicals Company, Swansea and 2 years at the Distillers Company Research Laboratory, Epsom, he spent 13 Years at the now Kingston University where he became its first Reader and led the first MSc Course. Has carried out part-time teaching at the then Swansea Junior Technical College and Sir John Cass College, London.

  • 1959/60 – awarded a University of Wales Fellowship
  • 1974 – awarded a DSc by the University of Wales.
  • 1975 – appointed Head of the Department of Science at the then Polytechnic of Wales
  • 1984 – also became Dean of Faculty
  • 1988 – Dean of Faculty and Assistant Director for Research and Consultancy
  • 1993 – Pro Vice-Chancellor for 3 years
  • 1997 – Professor of Molecular Spectroscopy
  • 2000 – Emeritus Professor
  • 2008 – Awarded Hon. DSc by University of Glamorgan

Currently holds a consultancy appointment for research within the School of Applied Sciences.


Post 1960 – 2000 publications

Water and its homologues: a comparison of hydrogen-bonding phenomena. W. O. George, B. F. Jones and Rh. Lewis, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Series A, Vol.359, No.1785, 1611-1629, 2001.

Hydrogen Bonding, W. O. George and Rh. Lewis, Chapter in “Handbook of Vibrational Spectroscopy” – Volume 3 by Wiley (Eds. J. M. Chalmers and P. R. Griffiths), 1919-1934, 2001

Ab initio and DFT computer studies of complexes of quaternary nitrogen cations: trimethylammonium, tetramethylammonium, trimethylethylammonium, choline and acetylcholine with hydroxide, fluoride and chloride anions. A.S. Davies, W.O. George and S.T. Howard, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 5, 4533-4511, 2003.

Relative Merits of Schrodinger, W.O. George, Chemistry World 2(10), 26-26. Oct. 2005

Ab initio and DFT computer studies of complexes of trimethylphosphine and products of substituted phosphonium cations with hydroxide, chloride and fluoride anions: Phosphorus analogues of choline and acetylcholine, E.W. Evans, W.O. George & J.A. Platts, Journal of Molecular Structure-Theochem, 730 (1-3): 185-197. 2005.

Ab initio and DFT computer studies of equilibria between quaternary nitrogen hydroxides, including those of choline and acetylcholine with the water complexes of their ylidic forms,
A.S. Davies, E.W. Evans, W.O. George, Journal of Molecular Structure-Theochem, 776, 33, 2006

Theoretical studies of L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and selected oxidised, anionic and free radical forms. D.M. Bailey, W.O. George, M. Gutowski, Journal of Molecular Structure-Theochem, 910 (1-3) 61-68, 2009

Kin beyond our ken?, Bill George, Times Higher Education, 28, 12 March, 2009.

Poem – The Rainbow Road from Genesis to Nemesis, Bill George, Spectroscopy Europe, Vol 23, No. 3, June/July 2011, p.27


Has served on Committees of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Has been Chair of RSC Local Section Committees for both S. East Wales and S. West Wales Sections.

1989-1992, Chair of the Academic Industry Links Organisation and Chair of the Deans of Science Committee contributing to the widening of the role and membership of both organisations following the expansion in the number of UK universities in 1992.

  • Recent member of the UK Computational Chemistry Working Party.
  • Has lectured to around 100 schools and other centres on “What can the rainbow tell us…..?”
  • Has lectured extensively in Europe and North America, most recently at a meeting in Orlando, Florida and at the University of the West Indies in Barbados in April 2010.
  • Has over 110 publications largely in the field of molecular spectroscopy, with others in areas of chemical engineering and policy studies.

April 2012 Elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

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